When springtime arrives and the flathead start to move up into the shallow edges, jerk baiting is possibly the most effective way to catch big numbers of fish. Being an ambush predator, the flathead will sit on the bottom and wait for baitfish, prawns or other tasty morsels to swim past where they will engulf them in their large mouth. Any sort of natural structure including weedbeds, rock bars, mangrove edges, timber laydowns or rocky points are all perfect places to expect to find flathead during spring. All of these structure types will provide cover or disturb the flow of the current, creating increased concentrations of bait and will normally attract predatory fish like flathead.
The Bassday Sugar Slim 70 is a 70mm long suspending hard body lure with an extremely realistic finish and natural action in the water. All colours in the range match very closely to either a baitfish or prawn, in differing patterns. The diving depth of the lure is about 1 metre and can either be slow-rolled using a constant, steady retrieve or twitched in a jerk-bait style retrieve. Both styles of retrieve work well and will yield fish, but the twitch, twitch pause technique seems to entice the larger or more wary fish to bite in tough conditions. Being a finesse lure, only small twitches of the lure are required to produce an effective ‘side-step’ of the lure, and this can be done as little or as many times in succession as desired, with a pause in between. This pause can be as long as you like, as the lure will suspend as long as it is left still. Often a pause of a few seconds is sufficient, however in difficult bite periods the longer pauses may entice more bites.
This jerkbait will also account for plenty of by-catch as well, as many other species find them too good to resist, including bream, bass, trevalley, talior, mangrove jacks and more. Just make sure you pack a couple of Sugar Slim Minnows, in case you lose the first one! When you find these springtime flathead in the shallows, chances are you will amass high catch numbers if you can produce a good offer, which the Bassday Sugar Slim Minnow 70 certainly is.